AS JUMEIRAH GROUP LOOKED ahead to the future and its goal to further pursue its position as a leading international luxury hospitality brand, the company knew offering elevated dining experiences was one way to achieve its mission. And with that goal in mind, Jumeirah Group created the position of chief culinary officer and tapped Michael Ellis, the former managing director of the Michelin Guide, to fill the vacancy.
With Ellis at the helm, the luxury hotel group focuses on delivering culinary sensations like no other, starting at the iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. The property recently announced the addition of three new chefs to its current collection of 10 celebrity restaurants. The three — Francky Semblat, Kim Joinié-Maurin and Kasper Kurdahl — enjoy a combined total of seven Michelin stars.
The future is bright for Jumeirah Group as the brand prepares to dazzle and delight taste buds around the globe.
WHICH DESTINATIONS INSPIRED YOU, AND HOW HAS THAT INSPIRATION TRANSLATED INTO YOUR CULINARY CONCEPTS? I think almost everywhere I have visited inspired me in some way. Whether it is fermentation in Seoul, chawanmushi custard in Tokyo or open fire-cooked paella in Valencia, there are an almost unlimited number of cooking styles, ingredients and techniques I have admired. Our job at Jumeirah is to take these different elements and incorporate them into our menus in a way that is accessible and popular with our diverse guests from around the world.
WHOM DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR CULINARY HERO? I was in awe of Joël Robuchon; his brilliant technique, sense of flavor, texture and presentation were truly unique. He trained and inspired a whole generation of chefs from around the globe. Of course now we have two of his chefs (Chef Francky Semblat, most recently at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Shanghai, and Chef Kim Joinié-Maurin, most recently at Joël Robuchon in Singapore) working with us at Burj Al Arab, which is hugely exciting. Working alongside Chef Kasper Kurdahl, most recently at Le Chalet de La Foret in Belgium, these new chefs (and indeed the teams they lead) personify our ambitious plans for fine dining at Jumeirah Group perfectly.
WHAT ONE PERSON MOST INFLUENCED YOUR COOKING STYLE? It was no doubt my first boss in France when I was working as a commis cook in Paris many years ago, Chef Andre. He taught me whatever you do in the kitchen, whether peeling potatoes, turning artichokes or making a béarnaise sauce, attention to detail and no cutting corners were the keys to success.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD CITY? I have many favorites, and my top 10 would include Paris, Tokyo, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, San Sebastián, Seoul, New York and London … but I could go on and on!
WHAT DO YOU THINK THE NEXT BIG TREND ON THE FOOD SCENE WILL BE? There is no question sustainability, the reduction of food waste and one-use plastic and other packaging is going to become an even bigger issue than it is today.
Legendary Hotel del Coronado reached another milestone in its $400 million Master Plan reimagination, with the completion of an extensive, historic restoration of the hotel’s front porch and lobby; a redesigned main entry and drive experience; new guestrooms in The Views area; and refreshed retail concepts.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
As a native of the Philadelphia region, I’m quite familiar with the drive in and out of the City of Brotherly Love. Even as the city’s skyline continually transforms, my favorite views of Philadelphia have always been along Boathouse Row, with the Philadelphia Museum of Art rising in the background, before looping around the museum to the flag-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Home to many of Philadelphia’s incredible and world-renowned museums, the Fairmount neighborhood is fittingly aesthetically pleasing and practically synonymous with fine art.
Set to open in 2026, Rosewood San Francisco will be the last skyscraper developed in the downtown region for the foreseeable future. The projected 800-foot-tall property will host a hotel, residences, office and rental spaces. The brand’s third property in California will join Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, and Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
It’s not even 9a.m. in the sleepy fishing village of Rawai on Thailand’s famous Phuket Island, but already the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea swarm with local fishermen casting their lines and releasing their nets from the bows of rustic long-tail boats. The scents of lemongrass, incense and sweet pandan leaves season the air as the villagers slowly rise from their beachside bungalows to start their day. In just a few more hours, the fishermen will return with their catches, filling the stalls of the iconic Rawai Seafood Market with buckets of shellfish and displays of fresh filets. Visitors line up each afternoon for the catch of the day, selecting their fish with care before hauling their purchases across the well-worn road to the restaurants opposite the market to have the fish cooked for 100 Thai baht per kilo.
Tuscany’s Lucca is home to Grand Universe Lucca, which brings the region’s best wines front and center to its guests. The hotel features three immersive Tuscan Wine tasting experiences: Montalcino, Montecarlo, and Super Tuscan and Chianti Classico.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
Discover Puerto Rico reiterated its commitment to the LGBTQ+ community with strong participation at the 2021 International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association Annual Global Convention, where it provided insight into a variety of new efforts to foster inclusion on a local and global scale.